As of right now, the Boston Celtics have the longest winning streak in the league and they hoped to extend it as they hosted the defending champion, Golden State Warriors, last night. These two teams have met up a total of 360 times with the Celtics winning 218 games and the Warriors winning 142 games. With Stephen Curry (24.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.6 APG), the Warriors hoped to snap the Celtics’ winning streak as they meet up for the first time this season.
Golden State Warriors:
Patrick McCaw (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Jordan Bell (3.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 70.4 FG%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Chris Boucher (G-League)
Shane Larkin (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 28.3 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.5 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jabari Bird (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League)
The Warriors would play at a top-level at the beginning as they shot forty-one percent from the field in the first half, keeping the home team at thirty percent. Former Oklahoma City Thunder’s forward Kevin Durant would heat the floor up with 12 points as he collected two defensive rebounds. Nick Young would knock down two three-pointers in the first quarter while Draymond Green had three points to put with his four rebounds. Stephen Curry would shoot only thirteen percent from the field while receiving just four points but he did pull down six rebounds. Andre Iguodala played 16 minutes off of the bench but only scored six points.
Jaylen Brown would keep the Celtics in it as he chalked up eleven points which included one three-pointer in the second quarter. He also had five rebounds as Al Horford helped out with eight points and five defensive rebounds. Kyrie Irving would be kept to five points as he pulled down two defensive rebounds and dished off three assists. Marcus Smart played the most minutes off of the bench but he was held scoreless even though he pulled down two rebounds. The Warriors would head into the locker room with a 47-42 advantage.
The Boston Celtics would respond as they outscored the Golden State team in the second half, 50 to 41. Brown would keep things going during that run as he recorded eleven more points with two three-pointers in the third period. He also had two rebounds while Irving started to heat up with eleven points of his own. Kyrie Irving had three defensive rebounds and three assists to put with his scoring total, as well. Horford continued to impress with ten points and six rebounds. Smart played 15 minutes off of the Boston bench but was limited to just a free-throw but he did manage to get ahold of five rebounds and two assists.
Durant tried to keep his team in it as he posted up ten points on sixty-three percent shooting from the field. Draymond Green helped out with eight points as he drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter. He also had four rebounds as Klay Thompson contributed with eight points and four rebounds. Curry continued to struggle as he was limited to just five points while hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth. Iguodala played 14 minutes off of the bench only to score two points from the charity stripe as the Celtics pull away with a 92 to 88 win. Jaylen Brown finished the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and a season-high 2 blocks. Kevin Durant would finish with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks.
The Golden State Warriors will travel to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (23.0 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.5 APG) and the Philadelphia 76ers (8-6) for the second time this season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. These two teams have met up a total of 348 times with the Warriors winning 162 games while the 76ers/Nationals won 186 of the games. The last time that these teams met up was on November 11 as the Warriors easily pulled away with a 135-114 victory. Kevin Durant finished with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while J.J. Redick finished that game with 17 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, and 3 steals.
The Boston Celtics will head down south to Georgia to battle Dennis Schroder (19.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 6.8 APG) and the Atlanta Hawks (3-12) for the second time this season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Celtics and the Hawks have met up a total of 440 times with the Celtics winning 269 of the games while the Hawks won 171 of them. The last time that these teams have met up was on November 6 as the Celtics snuck away with a 110-107 win. Kyrie Irving would finish the game with 35 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists. Dennis Schroder ended up finishing with 23 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.